After seeing in the New Year with close family my concern was always what state the body would be in for a New Years Day ride.
Waking as the sun rose the head felt fine and opening the curtain revealed a clear blue sky so after a few family domestic chores it was on with the cycling kit to join the many others who use New Years day to kick start a new fitness regime or air babies and elderly relatives in the country lanes of East Hampshire.
The roads were still wet so out came the Boardman hybrid with mudguards in place to fend off the worst of the road spray. The lanes and side roads around Binsted still have a lot of standing water so with no idea about where I wanted to go I chose the road past the church and down to Stubbs Farm, across the B3004 to Oakhanger and on to Blackdown and Greatham. Thinking back to a previous ride I recalled the road south to Liss Forest gave access to the old A3 by the Flying Bull at Rake and from there the road east towards Liphook was a fast section and with a decent tailwind we were soon eating the miles.
At Liphook it was north to Passfield and Lindford and as it was such a lovely day I decided to extend the ride a little turning right to Wishanger and then to Churt before joining Tilford Road at The Pride Of The Valley for a nice downhill run to Tilford, past Frensham Garden Centre and on to The Bourne, Rowledge and Holt Pound before cutting back to the A31 and then Bentley, Isington Hill and home. The GPS showed we had clocked up thirty eight miles in just over two and a half hours so no records broken but a very enjoyable first ride of 2013.